Record High in Scottish Employment
16 August 2017
Unemployment and inactivity falls over the
More people in Scotland are in work as the latest jobs figures
show an increase in employment to a record high and a fall in
Scotland's employment rate increased by 1.1 percentage points to
75.2% over the quarter, meaning 30,000 more people in employment,
according to the Labour Market Statistics for April to June
published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). There are
now 2,650,000 people in employment in Scotland - 86,000 more than
the pre-recession peak and above the UK rate.
Over the quarter, the inactivity rate fell 0.7 percentage points
to 21.8%. The unemployment rate fell over the quarter to 3.9%,
below the UK figure of 4.4%
Economy Secretary Keith Brown said:
"These latest figures show continued resilience in our labour
market with 30,000 more people in work compared with this time last
year and the unemployment rate falling by 1.2 percentage points
over the year. The employment rate has risen to 75.2%, its highest
on record, with more people in employment than ever before, while
the unemployment rate of 3.9% is close to record lows.
"This is a further vote of confidence in our economy, coming
after GDP figures showing Scotland's growth rate was four times
faster that of the UK over the last quarter, and recent reports of
accelerating growth across the private sector.
"It is also encouraging to see that we continue to perform
strongly in female participation, with the female unemployment rate
falling by 0.9 percentage points over the year to 3.6%. Scotland's
female unemployment rate continues to be lower than the UK rate.
Youth unemployment has fallen from 14.6% since 2007 and now stands
at 8.4%, and is now among the lowest of all EU countries.
"These figures are encouraging but there is much still to do. A
hard Brexit would cost our economy up to £11 billion a year from
2030, and 80,000 jobs over a decade. The Scottish Government will
continue to do all that we can with the powers available to us to
grow our economy, protecting and creating jobs."
Labour Market Statistics for April to June
Source - The Scottish Government